November 29th, 2007
09:42 AM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee floats idea of sending Hillary Clinton to space

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would be happy to see Sen. Hillary Clinton go into space.

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee outlined one special plan he'd consider for NASA's exploration of space.

"Maybe Hillary can be on the first rocket to Mars," he said, referring to the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

The Republican presidential candidate responded to a question asking if more money would be put into space exploration. His witty response about Clinton generated cheers from the St. Petersburg audience and followed his description of the earthly benefits of NASA's programs.

"Whether it's the medical technologies that saved many of our lives and the lives of our families, it's the direct result from the space program," he said. "We need to put more money into space and technology exploration."

The question, posed by Steve Nielson of Denver, Colorado, asked if the candidates would commit to sending Americans to Mars by the year 2020.

Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado disagreed with Huckabee's promise and would not commit to sending anyone to Mars because, "We can't afford some things, and going to Mars is one of them."

- CNN's Adam P. Levy

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Richard K, Auburndale, FL

    I think a more fitting place for Hitlery would be to shoot her off to Uranus!

    I think that equal time should be given to all candidates. Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter were given very little time. If a candidate wants to use up a large amount of time answering a simple yes or no question then he has less time for other questions.

    Ron Paul has a very important message that America needs to hear and the mainstream media seems to be ignoring him. He is the only honest candidate. He has never changed his views to appeal to special interest groups. Our country needs to be free of corruption in government. Ron Paul would be a very good start to cleaning up the mess we are in.

    November 29, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  2. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Huckabee did perform better, but it does not mean he is to be nominated.

    While he is good, I think he should get back into the word. His answer to the bible wasn't great. I fear he is falling away from the truth.

    November 29, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Huckabee's cheap shot was a tacky departure from an otherwise class act. Clinton bashing is a sure way to get applause from a Conservative audience.

    I don't support Clinton's nomination for just that reason. The spluttering, frothing, irrational hatred for the Clintons would once again gridlock the nation. Conservatives would rather see the nation go to hell rather than accept another Clinton family presidency. Any of the other Democrats would pursue pretty much the same policies but would not face the insane opposition that Sen Clinton would. I hope the Democrats pick someone else.

    November 29, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Craig- Easton, PA

    When are we going to stop with the childish comments like this and find someone grown up enough to work with people who disagree with them. What's Mike going to do, send the 45-55% of the country who agrees with Hillary to Mars with her?

    November 29, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  5. Robert, Shelton, CT

    While I am a Clinton suppoerter, I think the Huckabee/ Tancredo exhange was funny; and is slightly different then the rhetoric of mudslinging that they had last debate.

    November 29, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. nameless,NH

    The debate itself was so unprofessional and tasteless with alot of down playing some hard working candidates. I wonder if Cnn is trying to tell us who to vote for......

    November 29, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Cindy, Miami, Fl

    Will CNN cover Huckabee's comment on sending Senator Clinton to Mars,as "news" for a solid week? If Senator Clinton said that it would be all we would hear about for weeks on end and perhaps even have a non-binding resolution brought up on the Senate Floor.

    November 29, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. Tired of W, OH

    Real mature, Huckabee. Is this the kind of witty raport that we could expect if you would somehow make it to the Whitehouse? Maybe you could solve the Iran crisis by Ahmadinejad's house? What a loser.

    November 29, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. Earl, Ohio

    This was the best idea all night.

    November 29, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. J. Williamson Buffalo, NY

    Huckabee is being much to generous – how about that entire group of Republican debators going on a mission to Mars in a search for intelligent life? God knows there isn't any intelligence to found within a couple of light years of that gang.

    November 29, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  11. Dan, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Send all these Republicans to Iraq and stand them on street corners in Falujah to hawk their views on this MidEast tragedy.

    November 29, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  12. Lou, Miami Florida

    it's his home planet... he shure sounds like he came from there.. maybe Huckabee's should go back home to Mars

    November 29, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. Noah, Muncie, IN

    I'd send that socialist (Hillary) a lot further away than Mars. The further away, the better.

    November 29, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |

    Huckabee certainly stole the night. The guy is very very articulate and smart too. The Dems are in trouble when this guy wins the nomination. Romney is no good. He changed positions on so many issues last night that I even felt sorry for him. Giuliani can't beat Hilary. Huckabee is more believable out of all of them. He speaks from the heart and he speaks the truth. He clearly won the debate last night.

    November 29, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Strange to see how everyone from democrats to republicans are against Clinton. Makes me feel like they are scared to death.

    November 29, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. CTurner, Durham, NC

    So, who had the best plan to reduce the budget deficit and get the US out of Iraq?

    November 29, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. Sensible Joe, Gainesville FL

    Huckabee's comment about sending Clinton to Mars shows the childish dearth of intellect and gravitas that the GOP is mired in these days. If only he and his colleagues could address real issues and tackle real problems with the same enthusiasm they have for cheap invective.

    November 29, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Pete, Lapeer, MI

    That sounds great. May as well send another person up there to keep her company, such as, Nancy Pelosi.

    November 29, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  19. marquis

    Some Christian he turned out to be. And noticed he dodged the Jesus question with a joke. How typical. Just another fake– manipulating people. He'll end up being another lying murderer just like that good Christian Bush. Jesus' message has been hijacked for so long- one day it must end!

    November 29, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  20. Dixon, Des Moines Iowa

    This type of response is why I can never take a Republican candidate serious. They can't answer a serious question with out making a degrading comment about their opponent. They fear Hillary because if she gets in office she will prove they are wrong. After all, she could spend top dollar on every social program the far left wants and still not out spend the previous leadership in the house and/or President. Like Bush these people can only win by splitting the country and be related to the deciding government in Florida.

    November 29, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. sally

    huckabee should win,he is the best.

    November 29, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  22. james , Dallas Texas

    it was a joke tree huggers , get a life , all liberals to mars on the same ship with billary

    November 29, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  23. Matts, New York City, New York

    Its the only place where she could do any good. NASA could make sure it was safe to send astronauts there.

    November 29, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  24. Bob, Worthington, Ohio

    Republicans making dumb jokes about Hillary is as tired and old as Democrats trying to win favor by dumping on Bush. Where is the substance? Huckabee lost my vote with his "humor".

    November 29, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  25. JoAnn

    Obviously, they're all worried about Hillary or they wouldn't automatically mentioning sending her and not John Edwards or Barack Obama to Mars. I don't think Mars would want any of them, Democrats or Republicans!

    November 29, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
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